The reign of terror conducted by the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) has been described by some as being worst than Hitler and Pol Pot combined. It’s brutality and the manner in which ethnic minorities and people of differing faiths met their gruesome deaths and the fact that these acts were filmed and broadcasted by the murderers themselves for the whole to see, are beyond comprehension.
What is more perplexing is that they used to be neighbours. Their children used to go to school together. And it will not be too far-fetched to presume that they used to celebrate each others’ festivals together. But due to some reasons, a group amongst them was consumed with bloodlust and started to viciously attack the other groups determined to eracdicate them from the face of this earth.
Perhaps this is the time to remind us about the fragility of a multi-racial, multi-religious society like Singapore. The harmony that we are experiencing now cannot be taken for granted. It should be renewed and re-invigorated ever so often to ensure that it perpetuates to the next generation and beyond.
With regard to the actions committed by ISIS, it will be good for the Singapore Muslim community to assuage the rest of Singaporeans that ISIS does not represent true Islam, and that Islam does not condone wanton murder of innocent lives.
Although we should be thankful that Singapore is peaceful and harmonious, we must always be on guard against rogue elements that may one day arise to rend our society asunder.